The “box office elite” and “current street wear brands” are having a big influence on the hair and beard styles that men wear in 2019, say barber ambassadors from men’s grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge.
Who do you speak to when you want hair and beard styling advice? If you answered with anything other than “my barber, of course” you need to have a serious word with yourself. Your barber – if they’re a good one – should always be up-to-date on the latest and greatest trends. Better yet, they should know exactly how to adapt those trends to suit you.
That’s why we’ve started 2019 by getting the low down from our roster of barber ambassadors. And they’re all reporting the same insights – longer hair and shorter beards are in!
Ollie Foster – Number 47 Barbers, Chester
“For me, 2019 is finally going to see the full return of longer hair. It’s exciting, as this time around more barbers are competent working with length – they’re not just specialists in short back and sides anymore! Barbers are now seen as hybrids between their historic roots and more modern hairdressing.
“As far as beards go, I’ve started to advise my clients to adopt shorter facial hair. When dealing with designer stubble I always recommend a tapered neck as opposed to a straight line too. This is because of the natural way it will grow out. Your barber should be confident with their shaving services too; at Number 47 Barbers we always like to line-up beards with a cut-throat razor to give a sharp and fresh finish.”
Vincent Quinn – Hard Grind, Dundee
“Current street wear brands are definitely influencing the hairstyles that my customers are asking for. And it’s all about the resurgence of the 90s! The vintage/retro movement is hijacking the limelight from the usual major men’s fashion brands, showing how youth culture is making its stamp.
“Hairstyles like the bowl cut, the wedge cut and classic curtains are very much in trend for youngsters at the moment; especially when paired with loosely turned-up jeans and a FILA jacket. Barbers are better and more technically trained now too, so these cuts are being treated professionally and adapted to avoid the ‘cut at home in the dark’ vibe.
“Beards are becoming shorter again, and the transition length between stubble and beard seems to be the ‘in’ length. Necklines and cheek lines are also more faded than sharp, giving a more roguish, gritty look.”
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Callum Marks – Luka’s Barbers, Plymouth
“I cut a lot of textured crops, high fades, and skin fades in 2018; but fewer slicked-back pompadours. I can see this year following suit, particularly with those styles that boast a lot more texture. I think we’re reaching the backend of the high and tight craze too. This will make way for more subtle tapers that meet longer, textured hair.
“Scissor work will be huge this year. And colour is getting bigger and bigger for guys that like to stand out from the crowd. I’m hoping to see some contemporary mod inspired cuts coming through, paying more attention to the hair’s natural flow, rather than blunt contrasts.
“Loads of my guys are ditching their big, Viking-like beards as well. That’s not to say they’re shaving back to bare skin, though! Instead, they’re going for lower maintenance looks. A great example is a combination of short stubble and a full moustache.
“Beard products will continue to be popular in 2019; while shaving products may continue to sit in reserve – confined to being used to shape-up neck and cheek lines. I can’t see the clean shaven look sweeping the nation any time soon.”
Liam Hamilton – Hamilton’s Barbers, Redruth
“Loads of my clients have been asking me to make them look like Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland, and Brad Pitt recently. I tell them I’m a barber, not a miracle worker!
“But when you look into the thatch that these celebs are currently modelling on their heads, there’s a clear trend for medium-to-long length styles. Considering their influence, I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of these looks throughout 2019.
“Beards are getting shorter for sure. And, again, this is being driven by celebrity trends. In particular, these trends are being set among the box office elite. For example, how many of the Avengers donned designer stubbles and short beards in Infinity War last year?”
Luigi Caterino – The Italian Job Barber, Galashiels
“In 2019, I’m expecting to see a lot of clean fades with longer hair on top. The gents in my shop are all asking for a little more length.
“Regarding beards, I’m expecting to see lots of guys taking their facial fuzz shorter. It’s no great secret that men are taking better care of their beards today.”
Sophie Collins – Soph’s Barbershop, Llanbedr, North Wales
“A lot of my clients are asking to keep their beards reasonably short, faded down from the hair into the cheeks. A few are also asking me to shorten the hair in the middle of their chins, emphasising their moustaches and goatees.
“I think a lot of this is because people are seeing it more with celebrities and social media influencers. More than ever, men are desperate to keep up with the latest trends set by social media elitists.”
The best men’s hair and beard styling products for 2019
You’ve heard the experts’ opinions; now make sure your bathroom shelf is set to handle the changing of the guard. Get ahead of the game by making the most of the barber-grade products we have in our hair and beard styling arsenal.
The best men’s hairstyling products for longer hair
Our Sea Salt Spray has been specially designed for men’s hair, offering a natural finish with hold that can be touched up throughout the day. It packs volume and texture into lifeless mops, without leaving any nasty residue in its wake. It works best in medium-to-long hair and is super effective when blow-dried in as a pre-styling product.
Read back through the barbering archives and you’ll find references to tonics on more-or-less every page. Our Cuban Blend Hair Tonic is a tried and tested product, developed to pay homage to the early traditions of barbering. It helps to add shine, hold, and heat protection to your hair, while conditioning and moisturising your scalp.
Shampooing and conditioning is essential for any length of hair, but it’s especially important for longer styles. Combine our Shampoo and Conditioner to wash out yesterday’s products, while softening and moisturising your on-trend style.
Keep knots out of your locks with our wooden Vent Brush; designed to effectively channel hot air from your hairdryer (you should be using one!) when sculpting your daring look.
The best men’s styling products for shorter beards
Lots of men forget that growing a beard still means you need to look after the skin beneath it. Failing to do this can lead to itchy beard syndrome and spotty outbreaks.
To wash away beardruff for good, make sure you grab a tub of our Face Scrub. It harnesses the exfoliating properties of finely ground olive stones to remove build ups of dirt from deep inside your pores. Plus, it smells great and will rehydrate your skin!
A top-notch beard oil is essential for keeping your face carpet looking full and healthy. To this avail, our Classic and Cuban Blend Beard Oils are packed with essential oils and two iconic scents. When brushed through your beard from root to tip they will add shine, softness and hydration. The Classic Blend offers a scent that’s a little more refined, while the Cuban Blend is an all-out explosion of Caribbean aromas.
There’s nothing worse than a knotted beard. Tangles in your patiently grown facial hair will ruin the look you’re going for, no matter how long or short. That’s why a pocket-friendly beard brush is a must-buy. Our Travel Beard Brush is tough on knots thanks to its dense bristles. Its beech wood base makes it easy to handle too.
Many barbers are reporting an increase in shorter beards, teamed with fuller moustaches. To achieve this look you’ll need an upper lip wax that lasts all day. Our Moustache Wax is soft to the touch. But don’t be fooled, its softness still boasts an unrivalled hold. Better yet, it’s packed full of our Classic scent. And a great scent’s essential when the smell’s right under your nose!
Shorter beards require more maintenance. So, in order to keep a stiff upper lip and a sculpted jawline, you’ll need a pair of our Beard and Moustache Styling Scissors. These little beauts are small enough to stow away discreetly and come with a rounded point for added safety.